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Sunday, June 04, 2006
Pete and I went to see X-Men: The Last Stand this weekend. I'm really having trouble finding any enthusiasm to write about it at all. It was mind-numbingly mediocre, but not actually bad enough to be offensive. The best way to describe it is probably as a long series of missed opportunities. There were a few moments here and there where I had to stop and ask myself if what I was seeing on screen was misogynistic or homophobic, before deciding that bad writing and bad direction were more likely answers. The only things that really stood out as patently stupid were the utter superfluity of Angel and the complete and utter lack of believability in the Wolverine/Phoenix "romantic" story. Now, I don't like Cyclops. I've never liked Cyclops. This movie made me miss Cyclops.
The trailers were ultimately more interesting than the film itself. Ghost Rider, unsurprisingly, was greeted with laughter by the audience. Not an "oh, that looks cool" laugh, but more a blistering, scornful mockery of the very concept laugh. Snakes on a Plane was greeted with the exact same response. The only trailers that got a warm response from the audience were Superman Returns and My Super Ex Girlfriend.
The first issue of the new Wonder Woman series by Allan Heinberg and Terry Dodsen is coming out. I'm remarkably impressed with how few leaks of art and story have made it on-line. Of course, any information about the series would have been nice, but that was apparently too much to ask of DC. And no, I'm not "intrigued" to find out whether it's Diana or Donna or some new character in the title now, I'm just annoyed that DC thinks that's a selling point.
So, while you wait for the actual book, here's a little video compilation I spotted over at Center of Gravitas. (You are reading Gayprof's blog, right? Right?)